Sports-ville wish­list cost is ‘a shock’

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The ‘‘Sports-ville’’ com­plex pro­posed at Ngati­toa Do­main may be scaled back af­ter the fea­si­bil­ity study es­ti­mated a $20 mil­lion cost. A con­sor­tium, which in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton Rugby Club, Plim­mer­ton Bowl­ing Club, Plim­mer­ton Creche, Cricket Welling­ton, and a num­ber of other sports clubs, want to build a mul­tiuse sports and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity at the do­main in the next five to 10 years.

Along with new play­ing ar­eas and a new lay­out – a ring road and eas­ier ac­cess for pedes­trian and traf­fic – there would be a mod­ern bar, meet­ing rooms, stor­age ar­eas and chang­ing rooms avail­able for use. A steer­ing com­mit­tee would even­tu­ally evolve into an or­gan­ised gov­er­nance struc­ture to run the fa­cil­ity and make it a fo­cal point for sport and re­cre­ation in Porirua’s north­ern sub­urbs.

Last week they pro­vided an up­date to Porirua City coun­cil­lors. Sports-ville con­sor­tium chair­per­son Michael Lovett said they want to ‘‘step up’’ their plan­ning by ap­point­ing a project man­ager, at a cost of $30,000 a year.

‘‘We’ve op­er­ated to this point through vol­un­teers, but there’s only so much we can do with­out some­one work­ing on this full­time.’’

The coun­cil pro­vided $10,000 to aid the fea­si­bil­ity study with a Lot­ter­ies grant cov­er­ing the rest and Mr Lovett hoped the coun­cil could find funds in the LTP for the project man­ager. He en­vis­aged that, in the long term, PCC could pay for 5 per cent of Sports-ville.

Coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas called the con­cept ‘‘plat­inum-plated’’ and be­lieved it should be built in stages over a num­ber of years.

The fea­si­bil­ity study com­ing back with a price tag of $20m was a shock, Mr Lovett told Kapi-mana News af­ter the meet­ing.

A re­con­fig­ured de­sign that in­cluded more com­mu­nity groups and an ar­ti­fi­cial turf would be de­vel­oped and he said pri­vate in­vestors would be in­volved so ratepay­ers would not be bur­dened.

‘‘The coun­cil meet­ing was about show­ing them where we’re at and con­tin­u­ing to plant the seed. We’re ask­ing for sup­port in prin­ci­ple and in kind, be­cause with­out it we can’t go for­ward.’’

Mr Lovett hoped to have an in­di­ca­tion on PCC’S sup­port be­fore Oc­to­ber.

Wel­come to Sports-ville: Con­cep­tual designs cre­ated as part of the fea­si­bil­ity study show off a mod­ern bar area that would pro­vide ex­cel­lent viewing to the nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial fields out­side. Grand plan: The bird’s-eye artist’s im­pres­sion shows new bowl­ing greens, cricket ovals, rugby pitches and even a camper­van park and coastal walk­way that will be ac­cessed by a two-way loop around the en­tire do­main.

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